Adan doesn't derive his talent purely from the ether. His paternal grandmother, Grams, has raised and educated him for the past fourteen years. Knowing Adan's gifts, Grams knew that homeschooling was the only option for Adan. In this way she could ensure that she eased him into the world of dim travel, which his mother and father had practiced so well. Her own gift with divination and research makes her a formidable ally at home while Adan and Mara risk their lives aiding those in other dimensions and trying to find Adan's mother, who was violently abducted several months ago. Among his many skills and talents, Adan is an avid guitar player, often strumming classical or pop tunes while deep in thought or unraveling a complex mystery in another dimension. What boy would be complete without a charmed pet?
Every genius needs a chronicler, and Adan has more than he can sometimes handle with Mara, who tends to see the humor in every situation. She is a gifted linguist, with knowledge of over twenty Earth-dimension languages, as will as numerous other dimensional languages and dialects and orthographies. This skill comes in very handy when helping Adan.
There probably wouldn't be an ingenious fourteen-year-old rune master and detective if it were not for the woman who has nurtured and home-schooled him. Grams is the mother of Adan's deceased father, Harrod Shamanson, who was a gifted and well-respected dim traveler, diplomat, and conjurer. Grams is a master of Tarot and all divinatory arts, in addition to being a storehouse of knowledge of the history, inhabitant, and customs of over one hundred different dimensions.
What can be said about a boy and his cat? Odin is unique. He is a large, affectionate Maine Coon feline brought to Virginia from Vermont by Adan's mother when Adan was only eight years old. Adan and Odin have been inseparable since then. What sets Odin apart from most cats is his empathy for Adan and Adan's mother and his uncanny skill of sensing danger and the kind of danger present or in other dimensions. He manifests these feelings and warnings by the shifting color of his fur.